DUR-B1AFC6: DUR-B1AFC6 : Palm Guard : Post-Medieval

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THIMBLE

Unique ID: DUR-B1AFC6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A complete lead palm guard of Post-Medieval to Modern date (AD 1600-1950). The object is a rounded oval, D shape in section. The underside has two small circular depressions near the centre. These depressions are believed to have been used to push a needle through a tough material. The object also has a number of linear incisions across its surface.

Leather workers' palm guards are discussed in an article in Gordon Bailey's 'Detector Finds 2', 1993, pages 64-5. Dating of these artefacts is very difficult; the earliest examples seem to date from the 17th century, although they may have been in use right through to the 20th century (Bailey, 1993, page 64).

The metal is a light cream in colour with a smooth patina.

Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities Database: Unique ID: SWYOR-0E65DB, Unique ID: PUBLIC-A63656, Unique ID: SUR-C563FD and Unique ID: CORN-DDB2E5

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1950

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 104.09 mm
Width: 58.5 mm
Thickness: 9.57 mm
Weight: 144 g

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ0950
Four figure Latitude: 54.84473219
Four figure longitude: -1.86137668
1:25K map: NZ0950
1:10K map: NZ05SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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